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Black Sugar

by Camille-Yvette Welsch

"Black Sugar" opens as pirate Henry Morgan dies clutching his gold, his ship sinking under a Caribbean forest. In this moment of vivid magical realism, Miguel Bonnefoy sets the stakes for his novel—sunken treasure in the islands and... Read More

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Lion Cross Point

by Karen Rigby

Masatsugu Ono’s "Lion Cross Point" is an atmospheric, melancholy tale about memory and absence. Ten-year-old Takeru arrives at his mother’s childhood village by the sea. Under the care of a relative, Mitsuko, he settles into a... Read More

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The Bottom of the Sky

by Peter Dabbene

"The Bottom of the Sky" is about two boys, Isaac and Ezra, who are science-fiction fans. They fall in love with a girl they meet at one of their sci-fi club meetings. But it also revolves around a mysterious science-fiction novel called... Read More

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Deir Al Lauz

by Paige Van De Winkle

This beautiful allegorical novel highlights the heartrending issues of Palestinians and refugees with a magical style. "Deir Al Lauz", written by Lama Sakhnini and translated by Sabrina Sakhnini, is a harrowing and stylish novel that... Read More

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by Karen Rigby

The novel emphasizes how, no matter the circumstances, there’s room for belief in a future. Niccolò Ammaniti imagines the fallout of an epidemic fever in his gripping, post-apocalyptic "Anna". "Anna" will inspire comparison with The... Read More

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Sisters of the Cross

by Meagan Logsdon

In gorgeous prose, the novel blends together seemingly disparate narratives to form a harmonious whole. In "Sisters of the Cross", Alexei Remizov captures the strata of human experiences via evocative imagery and scintillating language.... Read More

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